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Lost Barrels – The poignant story of the Meyer-Näkel winery

Lost Barrels – The poignant story of the Meyer-Näkel winery

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There are stories that touch us deep inside and make us marvel at the power and will of the human spirit. The story of the sisters Dörte and Meike Näkel, who lost their livelihoods in the midst of the devastating floods on the Ahr in July 2021, is one such story.

From Loss to New Beginning: The Drama on the Ahr River

On the fateful 14th of July 2021, the Näkel sisters lost almost everything their family held dear. “Everything is far from the same here,” says Meike Näkel. “Many wineries, hotels and restaurants are facing the ruins of their existence.” The water swept away the Meyer-Näkel family winery and their entire 2020 vintage. The sisters had to wait out eight endless hours in a tree to finally be rescued. But they didn’t let it get them down. That same night, they began to make plans for their new beginning.

The hope called “Lost Barrels

A few days after the devastating event, fate brought a ray of hope. A Pinot Noir barrel with the inscription “Meyer-Näkel” that was thought to be lost was found a few kilometres away from the winery. This was the beginning of a series of wonderful discoveries – a total of nine intact barrels were recovered. These barrels, the “Lost Barrels“, now represent all that remains of the 2020 vintage. A symbol of hope, perseverance and courage.

Lost Barrels Wines – A Piece of Eternity

The wines from the “Lost Barrels” come from top vineyards such as Pfarrwingert, Sonnenberg and others. But their true significance lies not only in their quality, but in their symbolism. “The Lost Barrels wines are more than just wines. They are testimonies of an indomitable will and love for wine,” says Meike Näkel.

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The worldwide Tour of Hope

To draw attention to the Ahr region and its outstanding wines, Dörte and Meike Näkel are embarking on a worldwide tour with their “Lost Barrels” wines. Together with renowned chefs, including Tim Raue from Berlin and the duo Mathias and Thomas Sühring from Bangkok, unforgettable events are organised. It will not only be about the wine, but also about the amazing story behind each barrel. Interested parties can apply for one of the coveted places at www.lost-barrels.com.

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